“Libertarians want to eliminate stupid laws.”
Which is exactly what Roberto wants.
To him, unnecessary laws are just that. Unnecessary.
Just give him the ability to live his life free and listen to some Daft Punk, and he’ll be happy.
Roberto is one of those libertarian republicans that I’ve enjoyed getting to know. And like most of the individuals I’ve interviewed, he has a unique perspective on the world and the politics that influence it.
Like previous interviews, this one is focused on the political journey. From beginning interest, to self-education, to how your family and friends treated (and treat) your interest in politics.
It’s helpful to see how others made their journey. Not only to see how you can improve your own journey, but how you can help others with theirs.
People are constantly told that getting into politics is “hard.”
“It’s so complicated,” they say, “It’s hard to understand.”
Well, guess what? That’s a lie.
It is easy, and it’s been done millions of times by people of all types.
These interviews dispel that myth, while providing keen insight into the political views of others.
And now, without further ado, let’s get into Roberto’s interview…
Interview with Roberto Chamorro
Who are you? And what are you known for?
I’m Roberto J. Chamorro. I’m an independent Republican–which is why I’m known as “IndieRepub” on Twitter who mostly sympathizes with the libertarian wing of the Republican Party and the philosophy itself while I’m down to being myself 100% of the time.
All I’m known for is that I just shelve books at a public library for a living for now while I’m studying electrical engineering at a small college in Maryland and of course, I run a political account on twitter, sharing my thoughts with random people while having fun.
How old were you when got into politics?
I got attracted to politics I was 16 years old.
I remember the 2008 election very well. Matter of fact, everyone knew that I was a hardcore conservative Republican back then and that I supported McCain over Obama. It was a crazy year; a lot of my beliefs have changed since then. But, before I was 16, I knew some stuff that was going on; I’m an American of Nicaraguan descent and from time to time, I also keep up with Nicaraguan politics.
And I used to watch the news in Spanish with my grandmother every weeknight during supper but I just remembered what was going on because back then, I wasn’t able to form a good opinion on those matters.
What attracted you to politics
The love of the USA is what got me attracted to politics. I love America and I love everything it stands for too!
Politics is also a non-competitive sport in the form of education without indoctrination because in the end of every heated or relaxed debate, you decide for yourself on various issues and that’s another thing that got me attracted to this game.
It’s serious business but that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun to debate and share ideas with people who think differently.
Aside from the voting, legislating, and executing laws, politics reminds of how the great philosophers in Ancient Greece used to debate each other in public forums about things that everyday people usually never thought of contemplating or how back in the late 1970s, early rappers used all forms of speech while battling each other to see who’s the best Master of the Ceremony or “M.C.” while the culture was beginning to evolve.
That’s what I love about it. I consider it as a one of my hobbies.
Was there any person (family member, friend, mentor) who helped you get into politics?
My dad is the only person who helped me get into politics.
We’re both Republicans but he’s more pragmatically conservative than me but generally, we’re on the same side in the political spectrum.
What was your process for becoming politically informed (did you read a lot of books, etc)?
First, all I did was just debate politics at school with friends of mine but it wasn’t anything serious; usually, we’d bring up random issues to talk about but it rarely got out of hand.
After the 2012 election, I did go to CPAC in 2013 too and it’s where I got exposed to Libertarianism for the first time ever.
Since then, I’ve read Libertarians to find out more what the philosophy is all about.
I am a member of the “Young Americans for Liberty” at my college and a member of the American Conservative Union too.
Did any of your friends or family give you a hard time for taking an interest in politics?
Not at all; I happen to have a family who have unique beliefs that range from Libertarianism to Socialism but we get along very well.
I don’t ever recall my family giving me a hard time for taking an interest in politics; after all, I come from an important political family from Nicaragua too, whose last name is very well-known there and it’s historically associated with conservatism–it’s not American Conservatism but it’s more traditional.
My family cherishes free-thinking too so we’re very eclectic.
Did you find it unusually difficult to educate yourself about political issues, principles, and the like?
On certain issues, yes because I don’t know everything. I don’t pretend to.
Lately, I’ve made it a rule that if I don’t have an opinion on a particular political issue, I’d reply “I don’t know”. It’s not a bad thing at all; I’m still learning about the game.
What did you dislike the most about it all?
Sometimes, politics does bring the worst out of people, even myself.
If you could’ve have done something different what would it have been?
I would have stopped and asked questions, not over-react and disrespect people like I’m mightier than them.
Your twitter header takes a jab at prohibitionists (which is awesome). Can you tell us a little about why you’re anti-prohibition?
I’m happy you asked that! Bueno!
That banner is my Libertarian beliefs in a nutshell.
I’ve seen throughout history about how most governments were abusive toward their citizens, even to the point that they were murdered because they did things that were a “crime” when in reality, it shouldn’t be a “crime”–to this day, I fail to understand why it’s illegal to eat an orange in a bathtub in a Californian town.
Libertarians want to eliminate stupid laws like that–I mean, there are still laws that are secretly enacted that people don’t completely know about until they go to jail.
I also don’t like the way how governments enact certain laws as if the state knows what’s best for the individual when it shouldn’t work that way; instead, the individual should govern themselves while government is there to ensure that the individual does have those rights if they don’t make choices that harm other people’s lives to life and liberty.
People can be harmed by literally any objects. People are different too. We don’t know what phobias, disabilities, dislikes everyone has.
It’s like saying we should ban marijuana just because people don’t like the culture associated with the drug that they’re not a part of and that it doesn’t interfere with their lives–which I’m sure it doesn’t. Or for any reason.
If that’s the case, let’s ban people from giving candy to strangers instead of teaching people that it isn’t good to accept candy from strangers. That’s how you beat them.
You have the courage to say no to those objects that are listed in that banner.
The government isn’t your mum or dad.
We don’t live in a utopia; we don’t live in a world that’s colored black and white either.
That’s why I think Prohibition is for suckas.
And lastly, just for fun, what’s some of your favorite music to listen to?
Music? Well, I’m a music man!
I like all music, even pop music.
Nowadays, I rarely show animosity toward music that I don’t normally listen to.
Right now, I love Disco, French House and early Hip-Hop–I’d say from the 1970s to early 90s; for Hip-Hop,
I prefer listening to early tapes of block parties and the earliest songs that got released.
I’m a huge fan of Daft Punk and my favorite song from them is “Instant Crush” while my favorite album from them is “Discovery”.